Albums of the Year 2014

It's about the right time of year for one of these threads. Floating the good ship Slugger this year has been ...

Sam Amidon.             Lily-O

Withered Hand           New Gods

We are Catchers.       We are Catchers

Sun Kil Moon.            Benji

Lucinda Williams       Down where the Spirit meets the Bone

Vikesh Kapoor          The Ballad of Willy Robbins

The War on Drugs     Lost in the Dream

Ought                     More than any other day

The Barr Brothers     Sleeping Operator

Will Varley               As the Crow Flies

Courtney Barnett      A Sea of Split Peas


Off the top of my head....

Sun Kil Moon - Benji

James Yorkston - CRAWS

AWVFTS - Atomos

Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son


From the List Man , my top 30 of 2014 - which I'll bore my facebook friends with from now until Christmas.

  1. Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society – James Yorkston
  2. From Scotland With Love – King Creosote
  3. Kid Face – Samantha Crain
  4. Brightly Painted One – Tiny Ruins
  5. Lateness of Dancers – Hiss Golden Messenger
  6. American Interior – Gruff Rhys
  7. Breakfast – Teleman
  8. The Marc Riley BBC Sessions – Sweet Baboo
  9. Comapny – The Drink
  10. Gin – Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures
  11. Singer’s Grave: A Sea of Tongues – Bonnie Prince Billy
  12. New Gods – Withered Hand
  13. Old Fears – School of Language
  14. At Best Cuckold – Avi Buffalo
  15. Frozen By Sight – Paul Smith & Peter Brewis
  16. Emma Jean - Lee Field
  17. Emmaar – Tinariwen
  18. Closing Time – Erland and the Carnival
  19. Downhome Music in the South West – Frank Fairfield
  20. The Silver Globe – Jane Weaver
  21. Commune – Goat
  22. 1979 Now! – Vic Godard and Subway Sect
  23. Stay Gold – First Aid Kit
  24. The Man Upstairs – Robyn Hitchcock
  25. Fair Warning – The Rails
  26. Burn Your Fire For No Witness – Angel Olsen
  27. With Light and With Love – Woods
  28. Sun Structures – Temples
  29. And Star Power – Foxygen
  30. Tincian – 9 Bach

This thread always costs me a fortune! A lot of my favourite albums of 2014 were 2013 releases discovered through this thread last year, or from pre-GM research. I've already seen a few that have passed me by in the posts above.

Anyway, I thought I'd list five or six from 2014 and then found I'd got to 20 with little effort. I'm sure I'll have a missed a couple as well, so not too shabby a year overall.

Samantha Crain - Kid Face
Gin - Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures
Damien Jurado - Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son
Bonnie Prince Billy - Singer's Grave ...
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
U2 - Songs Of Innocence
James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recoding & Wassailing Society
Sinead O’Connor - I’m Not Bossy, I'm The Boss
John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Live in Concert
Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rhythm
Wildest Dreams (DJ Harvey) - Wildest Dreams
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Robert Plant - Lullaby & The Ceaseless Roar
The Wave Pictures - Artistic Vice
Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
Hilltop Hoods - Walking Under Stars
Julian Casablancas - Tyranny

A lot of agreement here and a few more for me to try, but here are mine:

Beck Morning Phase

Steve Gunn  Way Out Weather

Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness of Dancers

Mac De Marco  Salad Days

Future Islands  Singles

Goat  Commune

Angel Olsen  Burn Your Fire For No Witness

King Creosote  From scotland with Love

Teleman  Breakfast

East india Youth   Total Strife Forever

Grouper  Ruins

Real Estate  Atlas

Asgeir  In the Silence

Mutual Benefit  Loves Crushing Diamond

Sun kil Moon  Benji

Samaris  Silkidrangar

Hurray for the Riff Raff  Small Town Heroes

Caibou  Our love

First aid kit  Stay Gold

AWVFTS  Atomos

Wildbirds & Peacedrums  Rhythm

Jane Weaver  The Silver globe

OK here are mine:

Family - The Thompson Family

The Delines - Colfax

Brightly Painted Ones - Tiny Ruins

Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

Greta Isaac - ep

Tuneyards - Nikki Nak

She & Him - Classics

Lost In The Dream - The War On Drugs

Fair Warning - The Rails

My Favourite Faded Fantasy - Damien Rice

Jane Weaver, Syd Arthur, The Soundcarriers, Damon Albarn, Temples, Goat, Colorama, Real Estate, Woods, Quilt, Allah Las, Seahawks, Thee Oh Sees, The Wicked Whispers...actually it's an uncannily similar list to my wish-list for G.M. '15.

You can fill-in the album titles yourselves...